Introduction: Ipod Temporary Tape Decals

Make your own decals for ipods, laptops, virtually any flat sufaces with some packaging tape and magazine pics

make your ipod as unique on the outside as it is on the inside in this world full of sameness!!!

Step 1: Materials

-clear packaging tape
-magazine pics you would like to work with
-large bowl of sorts

Step 2: Find a Picture or Graphic

page thru your magazines (yes it has to be magazines) as find pictures of graphic you would like to have on your ipod and cut out

i like to use interesting pictures but cool graphics and animation will look just as awesome!

Step 3: Tape

take a piece of packeging tape and stick on to desired picture as smoothly as possible. This process may cause wrinkle in the paper is not done carefully. Small bubbles may be smoothed out by spreading it with you fingers towarads the edge

after the tape is on the image smoothly trim the edges with the scissors

Step 4: Soak

drop the taped picure in your bowl of water and let is sit there for at least 5 minutes

it is normal for the picture to curl up in the water

Step 5: Rubba Dub Dub

after 5 minutes the water will have loosened up the paper a bit but the ink has already been transferred to the tape. while still wet, slowly and gently rub the paper off the tape until all that it left is the tape.

make sure you get off ALL of the paper so the tape will be able to stick

let the tape image dry on a paper towel and discard the water and the pulppy leftover paper.

Step 6: Stick On

after the tape has dryed it shuld still have a bit of adhesive on it and will be able to stick on most clean flat surfaces. make sure its a little damp for best results in stickyness.

if it doesnt stick right away put a little water on the back. it should revive the adhesive and should dry once you stick it on

make sure to press hard on dont forget to smooth our any bubbles. the edges or the most important for a good stick

I put mine on my ipod mini because it fits perfectly. it also works on motorola razrs.

Step 7: Enjoy You Finished Costomized Ipod/whatever

now you have your finished product. bueatiful huh? the best part is you can change it whenever you want!!!

note that when you decide to take the tape off you ipod/flat surface it may leave some sticky gunk or transferred ink. this can be taken off with some patient rubbing with soap and a little water. Dont get it too Wet!


Sxkyilu made it! (author)2009-09-03

if you're just making small decals, would it work on laptops?

RiddleOfSphinx made it! (author)RiddleOfSphinx2009-12-13

I've seen this method described on several other sites. For a laptop I'd use clear contact paper though.

Coliflower made it! (author)Coliflower2009-12-11

Probably.  But you have to be careful, and it'd be very difficult.

Firstly, you'll need a big enough picture and a big enough bowl to soak it in.
You'll also have a lot of trouble getting an even rub-off, etc.

Logically, It should work on a laptop if it works well on an iPod.

banhpho made it! (author)2009-12-08

I love this idea.. but do you have any tips on rubbing the paper off more evenly?  The image turns out a little blotchy.

zigzagchris made it! (author)2009-12-07

tryed this lastnight. worked pretty well,  wasnt as succesfull transfer of the ink as i hoped and had trouble with sticking to my zune.

tyeo098 made it! (author)2006-11-12

*with Pictures* totally awesome ill do this with my phone Ipod? Shame on you, youre just handing money over to apple!(hope no flame for that)

LasVegas made it! (author)LasVegas2006-11-12

Like there's something wrong with buying quality merchandise? Go ahead and buy the cheap quality MP3 players and support WalMart instead. Your protest will go unnoticed. This is a great idea for customizing a great product.

Crash2108 made it! (author)Crash21082006-11-12

Just because you spent $200 more than you should of doesn't mean you're getting "quality". Ipods have been known to be the poorest built of all mp3 players. The screen and batteries are shit.

Crash2108 made it! (author)Crash21082006-11-12

And all you are buying with an ipod is an expensive fad.

mellamokiwi made it! (author)mellamokiwi2006-11-13

i do think ipods are a little overpriced but mine works great and it is very durable

geekazoid made it! (author)geekazoid2009-12-07

 someone talking sense. Apple makes grerat quality products.. they are great - if you can afford them. For the money though, other mp3's can be a better deal... i have an iPod  touch and it's great, but I had to save for a LOOOOOOONNG time... 

gage6917 made it! (author)gage69172009-09-27

Lol, wow, and expensive "fad" thats lasted over 8 years now. iPods are great.

zjharva made it! (author)zjharva2008-05-17

have you ever had an ipod? great product. now my family has a macintosh!

TheOneGreatX made it! (author)TheOneGreatX2006-11-13

funny you should say that, because I've heard very very few problems with iPods that are hardware based. And not very many about the software either. What do you propose we use instead of iPods? Because I think that the iPod is the best mp3 player on the market, and I'm not an apple fanboy by any means.

tyeo098 made it! (author)tyeo0982007-01-25

Accually I just got an ipod

toogers made it! (author)toogers2009-04-12

heh. :) (comment waaaay too short.)

cheating-master made it! (author)2009-09-11

Just got a Ipod touch, and I want to do this! 5/5

quesoman made it! (author)2009-06-27

this is awesome.

dixiechopper20 made it! (author)2008-12-16

anybody know how to make the tape stickier after the paper comes off and it has dried.

dixiechopper20 made it! (author)2008-12-16

use warm water it works much better. and leave on for like 15 min then u can peel paper off in almost 1 peice.

Pie_eata made it! (author)2007-04-01

SWEET! i just put a decal on my nano and the magazine i used was Victria's Secret! Score!

dfc849 made it! (author)dfc8492007-07-31

dang! your ipod serves as double-enjoyment........

mg0930mg made it! (author)mg0930mg2008-11-27


rotor made it! (author)2006-11-14

oh hey great an ipod argument, there aren't enough of these on the internet.

zjharva made it! (author)zjharva2008-07-21


Fenwick made it! (author)Fenwick2007-02-18

I have an iPod Nano, but I bought it from a private seller without headphones for $50. Now that's a good deal. I would rather buy an MP3 player from Creative at full price though. I do feel bad for the people who go and buy an 80G iPod video and don't put videos on it, and the people who use the default headphones (THEY SUCK). It seems people treat them more like a fashion statement more than a functional device.

HauTrip made it! (author)2008-06-26

does it have to be a magazine

teh darkcloud made it! (author)2008-01-03

Nice. But I was wondering, since it's tape how long will it stick before it starts to peel off?

mellamokiwi made it! (author)mellamokiwi2008-01-04

thats a good question. depending on how much abuse it takes the tape will eventually begin to peel off. i couldnt say exactly how long because i change mine quite frequently =)

teh darkcloud made it! (author)teh darkcloud2008-01-04

Ah, okay then, thanks. :)

BuffaloNickel made it! (author)2007-10-18

nice. (frequently repeated comment by me)

Neodudeman made it! (author)2007-08-31

Wow, totally awesome.

fireman joe made it! (author)2007-07-16

great idea man, i wanted to do somehting to personalize my laptop, this wa sperfect, thanks.

mssunny84 made it! (author)2007-07-09

You can easily get any remaining GOO off with vegetable on any sticky stuff....

mellamokiwi made it! (author)mellamokiwi2007-07-10

good tip =)

N0s3Nugg3t made it! (author)2007-06-08

Hey, I tried this on my iPod mini and I'm having trouble getting it to stick. Do you rub off ALL the residue until you have just the plastic left? or do you leave some of the stuff on there?

mellamokiwi made it! (author)mellamokiwi2007-06-14

the trick is that you should get the tape a little moist in order to re activate the stick. its a process that involves a little experimentation.

N0s3Nugg3t made it! (author)N0s3Nugg3t2007-06-16

Ah cool, thank you

Luuke made it! (author)2007-04-01

wont the ink like dye or stain the metal??? im worried that if i do this and it gets stained i wont be able to return it if anything goes wrong. plz reply

Very Keri made it! (author)Very Keri2007-06-11

don't worry about it anyway, my ipod mini needed a new battery, i called apple and they just suggested buying a new ipod...

mellamokiwi made it! (author)mellamokiwi2007-04-06

well i have had than problem where there is a stain on te metal but i easily got it off

Luuke made it! (author)Luuke2007-04-07


Pie_eata made it! (author)Pie_eata2007-04-02

no it's already dry when it goes on

kalub92 made it! (author)2007-04-15

i like this a lot. i'm gonna do it tomorrow. i'm to tired to do it tonight.

ich bin ein pyro made it! (author)ich bin ein pyro2007-05-15

ya i guess its 12:11 AM where you posted

Pie_eata made it! (author)2007-04-02

you can print Black logos if u do it on photo paper and u get the tape on immediately after it's printed

inked-1 made it! (author)2007-03-14

It would be a lot easier to just buy some cling film and print whatever you like on it. Also wouldn't risk leaving residue.

mellamokiwi made it! (author)mellamokiwi2007-03-15

the only problem with that is I dont have 18 bucks to spend on special paper. But thanks for the input it sounds like a good product. :]

homestarrunner247 made it! (author)2007-03-03

hey, wouldn't it be easier to just get some of that paper that comes on the back of stickers (i don't know what it's called), and put the tape on it, and tape this to a piece of letter sized paper and just print something on it... then wait for a LONG time for it to dry, then it will stick better! this seems easier than this method... and... i dunno... seems easier... some one should try this... i might... who knows?

GROUNDHOG made it! (author)2007-03-02

Just used this on my iPod (which I bought for $10 off a friend who thought it was broken) works great. Great idea, great instructable. A+

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